Academic Skills Workshops for Graduate Students

We offer a range of online and in-person group workshops designed to help graduate students develop and excel throughout their academic journey. In these sessions, our professional facilitators share their expertise, demonstrate practical strategies for a range of academic tasks, and help you apply these tools to your own work.

Please Note:

  • All Winter term sessions will be offered remotely. Online workshops will be held through Zoom and access information will be provided after registration.  
  • Workshop registration opens on Monday, January 3. Please view the Workshop by Month listing for the applicable registration dates. 

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If you would like to be added to the waitlist for any workshop that has been filled, email success@ualberta.ca.


Workshops by Month

January 2022
Table Caption: January workshop listing
Date Name Registration Opens
Wed., Jan. 12 Managing Major Projects (For Students in Course-Based Programs)   Mon., Jan. 3, at Noon
Thurs., Jan. 13   Shifting Your Thinking about Writing in Graduate School Mon., Jan. 3, at Noon
Fri., Jan. 14   Communicating Effectively with Your Graduate Studies Supervisor  Mon., Jan. 3, at Noon
Tues., Jan. 18 Managing Major Projects (for Students in Thesis-Based Programs)  Mon., Jan. 10, at Noon
Thurs., Jan. 20 Writing Your Thesis or Dissertation in Two Pages a Day  Mon., Jan. 10, at Noon
Wednesdays starting Jan. 26 Getting Started on Your Thesis  Mon., Jan. 17, at Noon
Fri., Jan. 28 Reading Research Papers (for Graduate Students; companion to Writing a Literature Review)  Mon., Jan. 17, at Noon

 

February 2022
Table Caption: February workshop listing
Date Name Registration Opens
Tues., Feb. 1 Giving Feedback  Mon., Jan. 24, at Noon
Tues., Feb. 8 Receiving Feedback  Mon., Jan. 24, at Noon
Thurs., Feb. 10 Defending Your Dissertation or Thesis  Mon., Jan. 24, at Noon
Fri., Feb. 11 Writing a Literature Review (Companion to Reading Research Papers)  Mon., Jan. 24, at Noon
Tues., Feb. 15 Implementing Feedback  Mon., Jan. 24, at Noon
Fri., Feb. 18 Preparing for Comprehensive Exams in the Humanities, Social Sciences  Mon., Jan. 24, at Noon

 

March 2022
Table Caption: March workshop listing
Date Name Registration Opens
Wed., March 2 Reading Research Papers (for Graduate Students; companion to Writing a Literature Review)  Mon., Feb. 21, at Noon
Fridays, starting March 4

Thesis Writer's Workshop 

Mon., Feb. 21, at Noon
Tues., March 15 Polishing Presentations (1): Refine Content and Visuals  Mon., Feb. 21, at Noon
Thurs., March 17 Polishing Presentations (2): Audience Engagement  Mon., Feb. 21, at Noon
Wed., March 23 Defending Your Dissertation (or Thesis) Mon., Feb. 21, at Noon
Thurs., March 24 Communicating Effectively with Your Graduate Studies Supervisor  Mon., Feb. 21, at Noon
Wed., March 30 Revising a Chapter for Publication  Mon., Feb. 21, at Noon

 

April 2022
Table Caption: April workshop listing
Date Name Registration Opens
Thurs., April 7 Preparing for an Academic Conference  Mon., Mar. 21, at Noon

 


New for Winter 2022

Preparing for Comprehensive Exams in the Humanities/Social Sciences Graduate

Concerned about your doctoral comprehensive exams? You’re not alone. Come explore helpful ways to tackle your reading lists, plan for challenging questions, and reduce anxiety in the lead-up to the exams. Open to doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences.

Date: Friday, February 18, 2022 (via Zoom)
Time: 9:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Preparing for an Academic Conference

The sun is out, the campus is quiet…and you’re scrambling to prepare for a major conference. Come explore helpful ways to polish your paper, sharpen your presentation style, and reduce anxiety in the lead-up to the event. Open to grad students in all disciplines.

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022 (via Zoom)
Time: 9:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Cost: Free


Workshops by Topic 

Communication Skills

Communicating Effectively with Your Graduate Studies Supervisor

Establishing effective lines of communication with your Graduate Studies Supervisor is vital to a successful grad school experience. Learn strategies for establishing effective, efficient, and respectful methods of communication to help create an enriching graduate school experience.

Date: Friday, January 14, 2022 (via Zoom)
Time: 10:30 - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022 (via Zoom)
Time: 9:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Giving Feedback

Feedback is a key element in learning but can be especially challenging in academic situations. In this three-part series, we will discuss techniques for giving, receiving, and implementing feedback. In this first session, learn techniques for giving respectful feedback for both online and in-person academic environments.

Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2022 (via Zoom)
Time: 10:30 - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Receiving Feedback

Feedback is a key element in learning but can be especially challenging in academic situations. In this three-part series, we will discuss techniques for giving, receiving, and implementing feedback. In the second session, learn and practice techniques for effective methods of interpreting feedback in order to advocate efficiently in both online and in-person academic environments.

Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022 (via Zoom)
Time: 10:30 - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Implementing Feedback

Feedback is a key element in learning but can be especially challenging in academic situations. In this three-part series, we will discuss techniques for giving, receiving, and implementing feedback. Do you know how, when, and if you should use feedback to improve your academic work? In the third and final session, learn and practice techniques for negotiating changes, tracking feedback, and implementing feedback into your academic work.

Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022 (via Zoom)
Time: 10:30 - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Defending Your Dissertation (or Thesis)

Defending your dissertation or thesis is your opportunity to tell the world about your work. Strengthen your communication skills by learning how to appear confident, answer questions appropriately, engage with your audience, and more.

Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022 (via Zoom)
Time: 10:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022 (via Zoom)
Time: 9:00 - 10:50 a.m. 
Cost: Free

Polishing Presentations (1): Refine Content and Visuals

Learn how to develop and deliver dynamic and engaging presentations in person or in online settings. In the first session of this two-part series, learn why it is important to get to know your audience before you begin creating your presentation. We will discuss presentation organization, whether or not to use scripts, and tips for designing visual slides.

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2022 (via Zoom)
Time: 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.
Cost: Free

Polishing Presentations (2): Audience Engagement

Learn how to develop and deliver dynamic and engaging presentations in person or in online settings. In the second session of this two-part series, learn general presentation tips for creating engaging presentations, how to connect with your audience, and rehearsal strategies.

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022 (via Zoom)
Time: 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.
Cost: Free

General Academic Skills

Managing Major Projects (for students in course-based programs)

Balancing your coursework, large projects, and personal life can be difficult. Learn practical scheduling strategies to help you become more productive and less stressed, as well as strategies for dealing with procrastination.

Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 (via Zoom)
Time: 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.
Cost: Free

Managing Major Projects (for students in thesis-based programs)

Balancing your coursework, research, projects, and personal life can be difficult. Learn practical scheduling strategies to help you become more productive and less stressed, as well as strategies for dealing with procrastination.

Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2022 (via Zoom)
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Reading Research Papers (for Graduate Students; companion to Writing a Literature Review)

Need to sort through numerous research papers and remember them? Learn to become more effective in your reading, manage multiple sources, and make the most of your time and effort.

Date: Friday, January 28, 2022 (via Zoom)
Time: 1:30 - 2:50 p.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022 (via Zoom)
Time: 9:00 - 10:20 a.m.
Cost: Free

Writing Skills

Writing an Effective Funding Proposal (asynchronous eClass)

In this self-directed asynchronous workshop, you will learn general strategies to help you write and revise grant proposals for research funding in all academic disciplines.

Sign into the eClass using your UAlberta CCID and password.

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Getting Started on Your Thesis

This four-part course provides practical strategies for making the early stages of writing less stressful: by choosing an effective structure for a thesis, engaging readers’ interest early, framing chapters and paragraphs effectively, and constructing sentences strategically. You may take either Getting Started on Your Thesis OR A Thesis Writer’s Workshop in a given term but not both.

*NOTE: Prior to registering for this workshop, complete the Which Workshop Is Best for You? form. The form opens on January 4, 2022, and does not guarantee you a seat in the workshop. Once you complete the form, our office will follow up with you.

Dates: Wednesdays, January 26 - February 16 (via Zoom)
Times: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Shifting Your Thinking about Writing in Graduate School

This 45-minute session is intended for all graduate students who plan to undertake a major writing project. In the session, we will share strategies for taking a proactive approach to writing in graduate school. Graduate students at any stage will benefit from the session.

Dates: Thursday, January 13, 2022 (via Zoom)
Times: 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Cost: Free

Thesis Writer’s Workshop

This intensive five-part course helps writers to develop effective thesis chapters. We read examples from the field, workshop students’ own drafts, and discuss principles of editing and project management. You may take either A Thesis Writer’s Workshop OR Getting Started on Your Thesis in a given term but not both.

*NOTE: Prior to registering for this workshop, complete the Which Workshop Is Best for You? form. The form opens on January 4, 2022, and does not guarantee you a seat in the workshop. Once you complete the form, our office will follow up with you.

Date: Fridays, March 4 - April 1, 2022 (via Zoom)
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Writing Your Thesis or Dissertation in Two Pages a Day

You can write your thesis or dissertation in as little as two pages a day. Learn strategies for breaking your writing up into chunks (otherwise known as short sections). We will discuss how to use these blocks of text to build a chapter.

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022 (via Zoom)
Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

Writing a Literature Review (companion to Reading Research Papers)

Having difficulty writing about others’ work without sounding redundant? Craft an effective literature review chapter for a thesis/dissertation in the social sciences. Writers in other disciplines may also benefit.

Dates: Friday, February 11, 2022 (via Zoom)
Times: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Revising a Chapter for Publication

Looking to convert a chapter of your thesis into an article? With a focus on traditional thesis chapters, this workshop will explore strategies for (a) reframing your text, (b) selecting a journal, and (c) responding to readers’ critiques.

Dates: Wednesday, March 30, 2022 (via Zoom)
Times: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

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